What it will take before I believe in the climate crisis
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What it will take before I believe in the climate crisis

“I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.” (Glenn Reynolds)

Just prior to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, the media reported Britain’s “leading climate expert”, Lord Stern as saying the Summit was the last chance to save the planet.

Now following universal agreement that the summit failed to reach any meaningful or binding agreements, it follows that the end of the world is nigh. However, even Green political candidates that post here at Asian Correspondent are asking: “What should we do now?”

The answer to this question, unless you consider yourself more of an expert than Britain’s greatest climate expert, is surely that we must prepare for the end of the world.

But there’s the rub. Nobody is behaving like it really is the end of the world. If warmists believed their own schtick, they would now be heading for the soon-to-be-mild and not-so elevated slopes of their nearest mountains.

Similarly, just prior to the Copenhagen Summit, the Australian Prime Minister had this to say:

“History will record it as a time when either the peoples of the world, mindful of a common threat to us all, decided to act in concert against that threat – and so turned the tide of history.

Or else history will record this conference as a time when once again, we became so consumed with the petty nationalisms of the past, that we turned instead against each other and failed to act on this great common challenge of the future.” 

Barely a few days later, Rudd had this to say about the Summit:

“This is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but, with 190 nations around the table, this is a solid, strong step forward.”

Why, only a few days earlier, had Kevin never mentioned the “solid step forward” possibility? We thought it had to either be a turning of the tide of history or a consummation of petty nationalisms?

Here’s the thing: the reactions of Kevin Rudd and Lord Stern since the failed Summit are not consistent with the reactions of people who believe what they said to be true. Shouldn’t they be a little panicked? Shouldn’t they be selling their houses, buying up guns, making bunkers and having sex with strangers in lifts?

I’ll believe there is a climate change crisis when our Prime Minister feels there is no need to tell lies, like the one that Australia must act fast because it is the hottest continent. I’ll believe our mainstream media is doing their job when a journalist – any journalist – takes him to task for repeating this lie.

I’ll believe there is a climate crisis when tens of thousands of people refrain from jetting into conferences because they really are worried about their environmental footprints.

I’ll believe there is a climate crisis when the people who are warning of “fire” in the theatre stop ashing their cigars onto our heads from the dress circle.  There is no sign of this day approaching any time soon.